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The DTG, in partnership with Digital Catapult, Global Wireless Solutions, O2, Rohde & Schwarz, has been tasked by the government to develop a 5G mobile-based platform to broadcast events in stadiums and other venues.

The VISTA project (Video In Stadia Technical Architecture) is designed to provide enhanced interactive viewing experiences direct to devices in stadia and at other select locations, using 5G FeMBMS technology (further enhanced multimedia broadcast multicast service).

The project will define use cases which stimulate the development of the device and network ecosystem to support 5G broadcast and by having these features inherent in network architecture it provides built-in efficiencies which are seamless to end-users.

It will also demonstrate how 5G broadcast can reduce carbon footprint by reducing the number of base stations and the amount of spectrum needed to deliver content to mass audiences.

The result will highlight the potential for delivery of content and ways of watching which can bring about possibilities for collaborative viewing and interplay between venues meaning that watching a sporting event becomes a social occasion, even if you cannot leave the house.

5G presents a huge opportunity to enhance the stadium experience for sports fans with seamless access to multi-angle video, replays and stats. Project Vista is one of several high tech projects the government is funding to seize the full benefits of 5G for the UK, and I look forward to sharing the lessons learned with the UK’s wider live events sector

Matt Warman

Digital Infrastructure Minister, DCMS

The efficient nature of 5G delivery and the low impact on data usage of broadcast technology will mean that it becomes viable to deliver more content, though more channels and to more devices. Leading to increased fan engagement with teams, an ‘all access’ opportunity for viewers, and increasing the appeal of sport across generations.

Alex Buchan

Strategic Technologist - Spectrum & Security
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